Friday, March 30, 2012
Thanks to your suggestions I went these two ways with my concept. The top one is of the rooster looking up at the sky while all the other chickens are pecking at their food.
The other way I went is of a young chicken looking up at the birds flying in the sky copying them only to learn that is a grounded bird.
In both images I exaggerated the size of their feet so it subtly makes them appear more weighted to the ground. I animated the faces slightly by cartooning the eyes, more so in the young chick.
Which one do you guys like better?
I plan on doing full color and I think I would like to do a realistic background. The medium will probably be water color base layered with color pencils and then finishing details in acrylic. Any suggestions or thoughts would be great to hear!
Friday, March 23, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
For medium I am still not sure what I want to work with. However, I have in mind of working with color pencils because it can bring a lot of texture and I don't really work with color pencils so it might be interesting to try it out with this project.
I always considered myself more of a dog person than a cat person. I actually feel more compassionate to a dog than to human being. I think this is because you can always count on a dog to give you unconditional love. Even if you have a bad day, you can always count on your dog to make you feel like you're worth something. I actually got this idea for a drawing at the dog beach. There I witnessed a man on a his cell phone completely ignoring this adorable puppy at his feet. The small dog looked up at the man towering over it with this happy expression on its face, while the man on the phone seemed too preoccupied to even care about the dog. I found this scene pretty heart breaking and decided to illustrate it. I decided to give my illustration a faux-naive feel to it to give it a feeling of innocence. I also plan on using charcoal and crayon on my final piece.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Friday, March 9, 2012
If you haven't guessed, or are unfamiliar with the piece this is modeled off of German Artist
Not that i disagree, but i took a different approach to my piece, one that would better express the complex, irrational notion of young love. The emaciation and elongation of the bodies also helps to express the emotional turmoil of the subjects. Just like when Eve initially stole that forbidden, they two lost their innocence.
This work is done by German anotomist Gunther von Hagen. Displayed at "Body Worlds show" http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2002/mar/19/arts.highereducation its intention is to familiarize the viewer with the inner-beauty of the human body.
Von Hagens style started 25 years ago when using polymer chemistry, pioneered a preservation technique that replaces water in cells with plastic material. By 1990, he had plastinated his first whole body - a process that requires 1,500 hours' work and costs up to £25,000. The result is an odourless, dry, realistic-looking corpse that endures. Gunther asserts,"There are obviously aesthetic elements to what I am doing, but I am chiefly a scientist who wants to enlighten people by means of aesthetic shock rather than cruelty shock."
His many critics compare him to Dr. Frankenstein claimming his work is cruel, insensitive, and self serviing.
Not really seeing for myself a problem with Gunther's work, I admire his presentation. Carefully arranging internal organs, ribcages and the such takes talent in addition to a strong stomach. Why is human anatomy or organs shocking and disgusting in the first place?
Thursday, March 8, 2012
This is an editorial cartoon by artist Gary Markstein. Directly below the image is a link to one of his websites that has a collection of several of his cartoons including a lot of his recent work. I looked at some of his other stuff and he has some other really funny ones that relate to this one, depicting Rush Limbaugh. This kind of perfectly depicts the one of the many contemporary conflicts occurring in women's rights. The conflict of natural right versus religion, should the law of man control the rights of an individual. His is consitutional if religion is forcing its prohibition? I liked this cartoon because it elegantly uses iconic symbols and manipulates them to effectively get the point across.
Friday, March 2, 2012
In this image we see one lonely man walking through a "hall" of large statues of hooded skull figures. The corridor seems to go on endlessly. There are flocks of birds flying away from what are presumably their nests in the crevices of the statues. It follows a monotonous color scheme using foggy, putrid yellows contrasted with a small amount of green in the shadows.
Although not obviously about life and death; in this work they are not polarized. However, the juxtaposition of the two is very apparent. The foggy hallway is completely barren of other people. The lone figure appears to be either lost or exploring a relic of ancient peoples. Skulls peak out through the hoods of the giant statues, a clear indicator of death. They almost look down at the man, awaiting his collapse. The juxtaposition is specifically that of the lone man walking with a torch, and the statues as a reminder of a civilization past. A lone man alive in a dead world.
Zdzislaw Beksinski: unnamed piece done in oillink to his online gallery here: http://www.beksinski.pl/ click on "Original Works"
Thursday, March 1, 2012
M.C. Escher The Eye 1945
This piece has always interested me, this is where my fascination with eyes began. But it's much more than that. I cant say for certain, no one can really, unless they knew the artist personally and his intentions when creating the piece. But to me, the eye represents life, more than that still. the eye is round, one could argue that it is the circle of life. All is one. One is all.
And what of the faintly outlined skull creeping in the pupil. Escher was considered an illusion artist, the skull sits comfortably behind the eyes, always out of view. The skull in Western society also repents death, mortality. Maybe Escher is teasing us with the one who watches over all of us, the fate of each of us, death. There is no great expanse of life for us all, just the small time we have, constantly being watched by death just drawing nearer to our destinies.